Martin County Library System Press Releases

April 23, 2014

Book signing with acclaimed local author Carol Matthews Rey at Elisabeth Lahti Library May 3

For immediate release: April 23, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

Indiantown, FL – Saturday May 3 from 1 to 4pm at the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave, Indiantown, Martin County’s very own Carol Matthews Rey will be meeting-and-greeting fans for a book signing of her latest publication, Images of America: Indiantown. Come and enjoy the “old Florida” atmosphere for a reception and book signing. There will be music, refreshments, and lots of fun. Meet local residents mentioned in the book, make new friends and reconnect with old ones.

About the book:
Indiantown is named after the Seminole Indians who settled there in the early 1800s. Though the city is small in population and size, it boasts a rich and colorful history that includes connections to English royalty and the filming of Hollywood movies, and it is the birthplace of the only female Seminole tribal leader, Betty Mae Tiger Jumper. In 1924, railroad tycoon Solomon Davies Warfield built an extension of the Seaboard Air Line Railway from Coleman, Florida, to West Palm Beach, with a stop in Indiantown. Warfield envisioned Indiantown as the southern hub of the Seaboard rail line and planned a model city. He died in 1927 before his dreams were realized. Today, however, Indiantown boasts a thriving citrus and boating industry, is home to one of North America’s largest winter thoroughbred training facilities, and houses the world’s first hybrid solar energy plant.

About the author:
Before creating this book, author Carol Matthews Rey—Martin County’s 2007 Teacher of the Year—worked with colleagues and students on several Indiantown history projects, with the assistance of the Elisabeth Lahti Library archives in Indiantown, and conducted interviews with many longtime community members. Inspired by her connection and love for the community and its residents, Rey tells the story of this small but interesting town. Carol Matthews Rey’s last publication was Iris Wall, Cracker Cowgirl, released in 2012.

For more information, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any library location, or visit the library website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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March 18, 2014

Seminole history and culture presentations at Elisabeth Lahti Library and Hobe Sound Public Library April 5

For immediate release: March 18, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

Saturday, April 5 at 11 am, at Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Hwy,
Hobe Sound, and 3 pm at Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave,
Indiantown, representatives from the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum will give a presentation on Native American culture and customs, specifically regarding the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Attendees will gain greater sensitivity for the history and struggle of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and how they might better carry the message of our local heritage. This presentation is in partnership with Journey Stories.

Nestled in the heart of the Everglades on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum is home to more than 30,000 unique artifacts, archival items and experiences. There, one can learn about the Seminole people and their rich cultural and historical ties to the Southeast and Florida, as they have made Big Cypress their home for more thousands of years.

For more information, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any library location, or visit the library website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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